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Installing Cleats...With a Knife?

Old 10-16-06, 05:15 PM
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Installing Cleats...With a Knife?

I've go the new mountain shoes; I've got the cleats. What's freaking me out is cutting out the cleat well on the sole of the shoe. I really just take a utility blade and saw through the rubber (along the designated pattern)? Do I have to worry about cutting too deep? It seems like you really need to put your weight behind the blade to cut through the rubber. Hints?
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That's how you do it. Use a new blade to minimize the chance of slipping as you wont have to press so hard.

Another method is to use a Dremel tool with a sanding drum. This wipes the extra rubber away fast.
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All you need to do is get one corner up, then grab it with pliers and pull--it'll separate from the rest of the shoe. These are the instructions that came with my Specialized Taho's, anyway--worked well on one shoe, the other requires more cutting. You can feel the difference when your knife moves from rubber into the hard sole of the shoe--cutting the sole feels gritty.
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